[cohouse] Invitation to the Collaborative Housing Conference [2 Attachments]
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon Sep 21 01:10:00 BST 2009
[Attachment(s) from Westcombe, Mark included below]
2009/9/9 Dick Urban Vestbro <<mailto:dickurba at gmail.com>dickurba at gmail.com>
The last 20 years have seen a growing interest in cohousing and other
alternative forms of living, in Sweden as well as internationally.
The search for a sense of community remains an important driving
force behind demands for cohousing. During the last ten years new
aspects have been added, such as housing for the "second half of
life" and planning for more sustainable lifestyles.
Collaborative housing networks in a number of countries have taken an
interest in the Swedish cohousing model, which is characterized by a
strong involvement by municipal housing companies and by political
initiatives combined with efforts from independent non-government
organizations. The fact that these companies offer rental housing
means that cohousing is accessible also to low-income households such
as single parents and poor retired people.
Towards this background, the association Kollektivhus NU (Co-housing
NOW) in collaboration with the Division of Urban and Regional Studies
of The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is happy to convene an
international conference on collaborative housing, to take place in
Stockholm 5-9 May 2010. The conference will provide a forum for
researchers, housing companies, politicians and activists to meet and
discuss experiences of different models of collaborative living. The
conference is intended to give an overview of current international
praxis and knowledge and to strengthen existing international cooperation.
For further information, see attachment. Please forward to others.
Dick Urban Vestbro
Professor Emeritus, KTH
Chair of Cohousing NOW
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